AZCAR Technologies Incorporated

AZCAR Technologies Incorporated

November 12, 2008 09:00 ET

AZCAR Welcomes Randy Hoffner as New Broadcast Engineering Senior Consultant

CANONSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2008) - AZCAR (TSX:AZZ), an international broadcast and multi-media systems integration company, welcomes Randy Hoffner. Randy augments AZCAR's engineering design and technology consulting group. Randy will be based in Los Angeles and reports to Kenneth C. Fuller, North American Director of Engineering.

"We are delighted to have Randy on board with us," Fuller said. "He is highly qualified and we are happy to welcome him to the AZCAR team. His wealth of experience will benefit the members greatly."

A veteran broadcasting professional, Randy has over 25 years experience working with major broadcast networks, including ABC and NBC. He was most recently the Manager of Technology and Quality Control for ABC Broadcast Operations and Engineering, West Coast. He has been involved in leading-edge television and HDTV technologies since the early 1980s.

Randy was active in the early SMPTE Working Group on High Definition Electronic Production, where he chaired an ad hoc group on multi-channel audio for HDTV. As NBC's Director of Technical Development, he was in charge of NBC's HDTV Laboratory, which mounted a number of experimental HDTV efforts. The HDTV Lab supported NBC's leadership role in the Advanced Television Research Consortium, which developed a digital HDTV broadcasting system of which significant portions were incorporated into the ATSC DTV transmission system. He advised and later served on the staff of the Advanced Television Test Center during the testing of the Grand Alliance DTV transmission system that subsequently became the ATSC system.

In 1996, Randy joined ABC New York as Manager, Technology Planning, where he led a number of advanced television projects, including the specification and selection of the first codec system that was used to distribute HDTV programming to ABC affiliates, and several projects that generated pioneering 720P HDTV film-to-video transfers, through the early use of film-to-file transfer methods.

Since 1985, Randy has written a regular column on technology for the industry trade publication TV Technology. He has written a number of technical papers presented at industry conventions including those of the NAB, SMPTE, and the Audio Engineering Society, several of which have been published in the journals of the SMPTE and the AES. Randy has a BA from the University of Tulsa, and did graduate work at the University of Illinois.

"My work with major broadcast networks has provided vast experience in traditional and digital media. Engineering is playing an increasingly critical role in advancing broadcast and new media technology," Hoffner said. "It's not just about the technical side of engineering; it's how you manage that technology. I can't imagine a more exciting time to come on board with AZCAR."

AZCAR is an independent broadcast and multimedia professional services organization offering a wide range of innovative digital media solutions to broadcast, and media companies, as well as non-profit organizations, government, and multi-purpose sports and entertainment venues. AZCAR's service offerings include technology solutions consulting, systems design and integration, digital media content production systems, program distribution systems, and audio visual professional systems. AZCAR serves clients from offices in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at

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